Branding Trinamool Congress turncoats as "traitors", party supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday, said it was good riddance that they have left her camp, but the "switch over has left Bharatiya Janata Party old-timers sulking" as the saffron party has chosen to field the defectors over its loyalists.
Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his remarks on her party, Mamata accused its arch-rival party of practising "politics of riot, loot and murder", and urged everyone "to be on guard against outsiders appearing in their localities".
The TMC, which has made 'Bengali pride' its core poll plank, has called the BJP a 'party of outsiders', as its top leaders hail from outside the state, she said while addressing a poll rally at Egra in Purba Medinipur.
In an obvious reference to Suvendu Adhikari and Rajib Banerjee who had shifted allegiance to the BJP along with other leaders like Mukul Roy, the TMC supremo said "gaddars, mirjafars (traitors) have now become BJP candidates, to the dismay of old-timers of the saffron party." Noting that "these turncoats" had been given many responsibilities in the past, she said, "I will be monitoring every project so that its benefit reaches everyone."